Pupillage Support Grants

In 2016 the Inn launched a support scheme for members of the Inn who are suffering particular financial hardship during pupillage.  The funds available each year are limited. 

Criteria for applicants

In order to qualify for a Pupillage Support Grant you must be:

  • a member of Middle Temple;
  • have been awarded a pupillage where you will be undertaking work which is principally publicly funded; and
  • in receipt of a pupillage award no greater than £20,000 p.a. for London and £17,500 p.a. for outside of London.


Applications for Pupillage Support Grants for pupillages commencing in April 2020 or in September 2020 are will open on 6 April 2020 and will close on 8 May 2020 at 16:00. The application form is available to be downloaded from the right hand side of the page. 

The second round of pupillage applications will open on 7 September 2020 and close on 9 October 2020. If you are starting pupillage in September you can apply during either round, but you may only apply once and any decision we take is final. Therefore, please take into consideration during which round you will have a more accurate idea of your expected shortfall during your pupillage and apply then. Any grant we award will not be paid until September if you commence pupillage then.

Reference from Chambers

Applications must be supported by your Pupillage Provider who should fill out the form on the right hand side of the page entitled "Chambers Reference Form". It must be filled out by your Head of Chambers, Head of Pupillage or Senior Clerk and it must contain a wet signature (hand-written signature).

The form asks your Pupillage Provider to confirm the following details:

  • the start date of the pupillage;
  • the level of financial support;
  • the likely income of the pupil during the second six; and
  • chambers arrangements regarding travelling expenses

The letter can be submitted with your application or alternatively sent directly to the Inn, by email to the address below or by post to Pupillage Support Grants, Ashley Building, Middle Temple, London, EC4Y 9BT. Your application will not be considered without a Chambers Reference form.

If you have any questions please contact Madeleine Cirdei, the Scholarships Officer, at m.cirdei@middletemple.org.uk

Applications should be submitted to scholarshipapplications@middletemple.org.uk with Pupillage Support Grant Application in the subject line.